, in Greek mythology, creature, half man and half horse. The centaurs were fathered by Ixion
or by Centaurus, who was Ixion's son. Followers of Dionysus, they were uncouth and savage, but some, such as Chiron
, became friends and teachers of men. Their half-brothers, the Lapiths, engaged them in a battle that was described by Ovid, depicted on the Parthenon, and sculpted by Michelangelo.
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centaur see chiron.
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In classical mythology, a monster, half man and half horse; a human torso on the body of a horse. See also: Ornament
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a stage used in the Atlas-C and Titan-3E American launch vehicles. The Centaur weighs about 17 tons and has two liquid-propellant rocket engines that produce a total thrust of 136 kilonewtons. Liquid hydrogen was used as a fuel for the first time in the Centaur. The first successful flight of a Centaur occurred in 1963.
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beast that is half-horse, half-man. [Gk. Myth.: Mercatante, 201–202]
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Greek myth one of a race of creatures with the head, arms, and torso of a man, and the lower body and legs of a horse
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Centaur(Centaur Technology, Inc., Austin, TX) A subsidiary of Integrated Devices Technology (IDT) founded in 1995 by Glenn Henry. In 1997, it introduced the WinChip, a Pentium MMX-class CPU chip for the low-end market that never caught on. Centaur's designs and the WinChip were acquired by Via Technologies, Inc. (www.viatech.com) in 1999. See WinChip.
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